What you’re looking for isn’t in the outcome, it’s in the decision!
The game is on the line, all tied up at 21 all. Ball’s on the 45, teadering on the edge of field goal range. Nine seconds left, just enough time to run one more play. This is where heroes are made, a test of true character and composure. Kick the field goal or take the shot? Yes everyone’s thinking about who is going to win, but they are too focused on the outcome…What they really should be concerned about is the decision.
Life hands you these “game-time” decisions all the time, and one’s ability to evaluate the situation and make the ‘best’ decision is powerful enough to leave their names in the books of history. The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is…”How do I make the ‘right’ decisions?”
1. Perfect Practice makes Perfect Decisions
Decision making is just like anything else in life…if you practice it, you’re bound to get better at it. Start with every day things like: what you’re wearing, where you’re going to eat, and what road you’re going to take during rush hour.
2. Evaluate the Situation
Start asking yourself questions that are going to serve you! Don’t panic, get to the bottom of what you’re trying to decide by evaluating the situation. Weigh the benefits to consequences of all your options, and make that decision count. Great questions are the answer to your big decision.
3. Time is Precious
After you collect as much information as you can in the time you have, make the decision and stick with it! Sometimes you have days to decide, other times you have seconds. Don’t panic, compose yourself and keep your mind clear. There is a place in life for emotions, this is not one of them. Use your time wisely and after the evaluation is complete, go with decision and stick to it!
4. Give it Time and Role with the Punches
Sometimes you’re going to immediately regret your decision…or so you think. Give your decision time to develop, maybe it doesn’t seem like you made the best decision right away; but it could turn out for the better in the grand scheme of things. Once you’ve made it, stick with it, trust in it and keep a positive attitude that you really did make the best decision!